Hero Street Children Rescued Scores From the Burning Flats of Gikomba

By Brian Okinda and James Kahongeh

On an ordinary day, Tyson Maina, a street boy, wakes up at five o'clock in the morning to embark on his daily hustle of hauling goods for those running businesses at Gikomba market in Nairobi.

However, Thursday morning, Maina was one of tens of other street children and volunteers who, without training or equipment, put their lives on the line to rescue people trapped in buildings after a fire broke out in the Nairobi suburb. By the latest count last evening, the fire had killed 15 and injured over 70.

"I was woken up by a blast that was followed by a series of sparking on power cables near the market," Maina told the Nation at the horrifying ruins of what had, just hours earlier, been the lifeline of tens, perhaps hundreds, of families.

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